Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has urged the government to speed up steps to provide emergency services on the country’s highways to help save lives when road accidents occur.
He said the state and other nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs) could train people for the emergency services in order for them to give support to accident victims in the country.
His comments come after his colleague MP for Awutu Senya West, Mr George Andah, who is also a deputy Minister of Communications, was involved in a near fatal accident on the Kasoa-Winneba highway in the Central Region when he was returning from Awutu-Budumburam to one of the communities in his constituency, last Saturday.
Hon. George Nenyi Andah
The crash victims, which included is driver, bodyguard and a party official, received emergency care at St. Gregory Hospital at Kasoa before they were airlifted to the 37 Military Hospital.
But speaking to Kwame Minkah on ‘Ete sen?’ on Radio XYZ 93.1, Mr Fuseini, a former Minister for Roads and Highways, noted that many are those who die after road accidents due to the lack of professional care, adding that the state can increase the number of persons working with the emergency service providers like the National Ambulance Service, Red Cross Society, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) among others to reduce the number of victims that lose their lives moments after accidents.
When quizzed on the need for legislators to campaign for a more vigorous emergency service providers in the country to save lives, Mr Fuseini said it was important to retool such agencies.
“I agree with you. Other countries train people and keep them on highways to save lives when accidents occur…It is the responsibility of the state or NGOs to train people on how to handle injured people during accidents,” the MP said when asked whether his colleague would have been airlifted to the 37 Military hospital if he were an ordinary citizen.
Mr Andah is said to be doing well after a successful surgery last weekend. According to Emmanuel Oscar, a special aide to the Minister, the three other occupants of the vehicle who had different levels of minor injuries are also recuperating.